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Marvel’s Old School ‘A-Team’ Comic Pities Fools, Hates Planes

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This week's release of "Shotgun Wedding" may have been the first of IDW's "A-Team" comics, released to tie in with this summer's big budget Liam Neeson/Rampage Jackson movie, but it's hardly the first time that the crack commando unit starred in comics...

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The Most Bizarre Pieces of Disembodied Spider-Man Merchandise

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When it comes to super hero logos, Spider-Man stands above the crowd. Thanks to his luchador-flavored wrestler mask, his face is an icon unto itself. As such, most anything with a near-oval shape provides the Web Slinger with fertile merchandising ground and boy, has it ever been farmed.

The human form finds its way into all kinds of inanimate objects thanks to the human brain's tendency to make with the gestalism, but more often than not, merchandise can afford to sacrifice a few limbs and hone in on a character's face. Assembled from around the Interwebs and the treasure trove of all things Spider-Merch that is Jon K's "Spider-Man Stuff" blog, this list takes a look at some of the Wall-Crawler's most bizarre incarnations through licensed (and potentially unlicensed) merchandise - specifically the kind that appropriates Spidey's facade disembodied style. Continue reading for a look at some of the most bizarre uses of his Spider-head, hands, legs, torso and other body parts through his history as a novelty collectible.

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Vintage Batman Dresses and Corsets [Girl Week]

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While petticoats and ribbons might not be our personal style, we got a little excited when we stumbled across these Batman dresses and corsets at The Vintage Doctor, particularly given the general lack of comic book-oriented clothing for ladies outside of the occasional logo tee...

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George Wallace Segregationist Comic from the 1960s

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Back on Martin Luther King Day, scans of the civil rights comic "The Montgomery Story" were doing the rounds. The comic was to spread information about using civil disobedience to fight segregation, and is generally a heartwarming story about the power of comics...

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Batwoman 1899 T-Shirt for Victorian Crimefighting Ladies

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DC Comics readers maybe remember the Victorian version of Batman from "Gotham by Gaslight," an alternate universe one-shot where Batman battled Jack the Ripper in late 19th century London. Now, thanks to a fan-made t-shirt available on Zazzle called Batwoman 1899, we get a glimpse into what Kate Kane might have looked like in the era of corsets and crinoline...

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Vintage Comic Ads Show The Softer Side Of Insanity

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Escapist fiction from any time period tends to bear at least a few historical stamps, but the slang, social commentary and illustration styles of comic books make the medium especially well suited for cultural time capsulery...

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Hosts A Beefy Gallery of Government-Commissioned Comics

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Man, I hate to even mention this so early in the new year, but as folks (especially in the realm of freelancing) begin thinking about tax season, it's important to at least try to comfort your weary mind with some reassuring implications of government spending...

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Christmas Is A Time For Underoos, Or Was In The late ’70s Anyway

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Few things are more cruel than gifting children horribly practical undergarments instead of toys for the holidays. After all, most socks don't feature missile-firing action or battle damage in any enduring way...

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Hiding in Plain Sight: ‘Incognito’ and the Rebirth of the Pulps

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Zack Overkill is supposed to be in hiding.

As one half of the superpowered Overkill Brothers, he was once respected and feared as a high-ranking member of the criminal organization Black Death. But after the death of his twin Xander -- and getting pinched -- he turned state's evidence against his former cohorts, forever condemning himself to a life looking over his shoulder...

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Mickey Mouse Comics from the Gurs Concentration Camp

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It's often been said that great art comes from great tragedy. It's another one of those phrases about art that has been repeated by the elbow-patched and goateed so often that it's almost become a platitude, as empty of meaning as the patently untrue "art imitates life...

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